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The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions

IT professionals are gaining more opportunities to move up the corporate ladder. Here are 10 C-level IT titles that we know of right now, along with salary averages for those roles.
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1. Chief Information Officer

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The most common C-level job title for IT professionals is chief information officer (CIO). At most enterprises, the CIO leads the IT department and reports to the CEO (although some also report to other C-level executives). He or she is responsible for overseeing IT staff, setting goals, and determining budgets for the IT organization. CIOs need to have a combination of both technological understanding and business acumen. Often they have a bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology and a master's degree in business administration. According to Salary.com, the average salary for a CIO in the United States ranges from $81,934 to $148,927, which seems low compared to other C-level titles for technology professionals. Payscale.com reports that the salary ranges between $96,000 and $252,000, with a median of $165,000. It seems likely that these averages include salaries from CIOs working at small businesses with lower salaries. These small businesses are less likely to have other C-level technology roles, which could explain why some of the other titles in this slideshow command higher average salaries. 

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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